How I won the 2009 TN-Lowder's Bristol Cross

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How I won the 2009 TN-Lowder's Bristol Cross

Postby Michael Holmes on Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:55 pm

[Event "2009 TN ty 11-16 24-19 16-20"]
[Date ""]
[Black "Don West"]
[White "Michael Holmes"]
[Result "0-1"]
1. 11-16 24-19 2. 16-20 23-18 3. 10-14 18-15 4. 7-10 22-17 5. 9-13 28-24 6. 13x22 25x9 7. 5x14 32-28 8. 3-7 {better than 2-7, Anthony Bishop vs. Michael Holmes TN tourney 2009, or 1-5} 26-22 {My new defense vs. the weaker published 29-25.} 9. 7-11 {14-18 31-26 xx 7-11 30-25 xx is stronger for red. Now white has the advantage} 29-25 10. 11x18 22x15 11. 2-7 31-26 12. 1-5 25-22 13. 14-18 21-17 14. 18x25 30x21 15. 5-9 17-13 16. 9-14 13-9 17. 6x13 15x6 {Now at the same position, Fogle vs Holmes, in the 2003 IL tourney. Fogle here played the better 7-11 next but still eventually lost it.} 18. 14-18 26-23 19. 18-22 6-2 20. 7-11 19-15 21. 11x18 23x14 22. 22-26 14-10 23. 26-31 2-7 24. 31-26 {Very weak and could possibly be the real loser. Instead 12-16, which I really did not consider, draws} 24-19 25. 26-22 10-6 26. 22-18 6-2 27. 18-14 2-6 28. 14-9 {White wins. Either 6-2 or 6-1 wins. 6-10 9-14 draws} 0-1
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Re: How I won the 2002 MO-Lowder's Bristol Cross

Postby Michael Holmes on Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:21 am

[Event "2002 MO ty 11-16 23-18 16-20"]
[Date ""]
[Black "Brian Hinkle"]
[White "Michael Holmes"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
1. 11-16 23-18 2. 16-20 24-19 3. 10-14 18-15 4. 7-10 22-17 5. 9-13 28-24
{Lowder's favorite which I have adopted many times in tournament play with a lot of success.}
6. 13x22 25x9 7. 5x14 32-28 8. 1-5 {3-7 is a much more forceful variation for red.}
26-22 {Now white has plenty of winning chances.} 9. 3-7 22-17 10. 14-18 17-14 11. 10x17
21x14 12. 6-9 15-10 13. 7-11 19-16 {10-6 is better but I did not know it at the time.}
14. 12x19 24x15 15. 18-22 10-7 16. 11x18 7-3 17. 8-12 14-10 18. 9-13 {9-14 is better} 30-25
19. 4-8 28-24 {This may lose after 13-17. 2-8-06. However 25-21 is even} 20. 8-11
{13-17 is stronger but appears to only draw. 2-8-06} 3-8 21. 12-16 8x15 22. 16-19 10-6
23. 2x9 15-10 24. 19x28 10-14 25. 28-32 14x23 26. 9-14 25x9 1/2-1/2
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Well, I took 2nd place here-Lowder's Bristol Cross

Postby Michael Holmes on Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:36 am

[Event "2003 Illinois State Tournament"]
[Date "2003"]
[Black "Fogle"]
[White "Michael Holmes"]
[Result "0-1"]
1. 11-16 23-18 2. 10-14 18-15 3. 16-20 24-19 4. 7-10 22-17 5. 9-13 28-24 6. 13x22 25x9 7.
5x14 32-28 8. 3-7 29-25
{Now considered very weak if met correctly. My new 26-22 defense still makes this a good line to play against the unprepared!}
9. 7-11
{Very Weak. 1-5 25-22 and 14-18! and red is very strong, although a technical draw still exists.}
26-22 10. 11x18 22x15 11. 2-7 31-26 12. 1-5 25-22 13. 14-18 21-17 14. 18x25 30x21 15. 5-9
17-13 16. 9-14 13-9 17. 6x13 15x6 18. 7-11 6-2 19. 14-18 19-16 20. 12x19 24x15 21. 18-22
{8-12 is even} 26x17 22. 11x18
{This jump seems to be o.k. at first but allows white to pressure the red pieces on 4,8, and 20 while the 13-22 jump still keeps the position even since red could attack the piece on 27.}
17-14 23. 13-17 14-10 {White is strong here but a draw still exists.} 0-1
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